Jammu, August 18: Programme titled "Dogri Musical Evening" based on Dogri songs was organised by Nami Dogri Sanstha (Regd.) in collaboration with North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) Patiala at K. L. Sehgal Hall, Jammu. Ashok Khajuria MLC was the Chief Guest on the occasion whereas the programme was presided over by Sohail Kazmi, Eminent Journalist. Karunesh Gupta a Social Activist was the guest of honour whereas Rohit Choudhary National President Kissan Welfare Organisation participated as Special Invitee. Prof. Saubhagya Vardhan, Director NZCC and Advocate Dogra Harish Kaila also co-shared the dias.
Prof. Saubhagya Vardhan, Director North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) Patiala was also honoured with the "Sangeet Shree" Award on the occasion.
Suraj Singh, Vishal Gupta, Pankaj Pradhan, Advocate Nidhi Kaila Choudhary, Marina Jamwal and Nirmal Koul enthralled the audience with their melodious voices which had a captivating effect especially Suraj Singh who mesmerised everyone with his golden voice.
Rakesh Anand on Flute, Vijay Anand on Dholak, Chandan Jassu on Synth, Joginder Pal on Tabla and Gara Ram on Guitar and Violin were at their best and created a magic effect by synchronising the voice and musical notes in a highly harmonious manner.
The lyricists include Captain Lalit Sharma, Yash Pal Yash and Sanjay Vidrohi. Krishan Lal Mast a Dogri writer also gave a solo presentation on Dafli. Ashok Khajuria in his address congratulated and complemented NDS and NZCC for presenting a quality programme of Dogri songs. He said culture, Art and music have done a great job in integrating, harmonising and synchronising the society and has always infused - the spirit of positivity and peace. Our folklore and folk music is our strength and reflects our ethos and aspirations he said.
Sohail Kazmi said that today's’ programme was a perfect combination of poetry, music and melody which exhibits high-class coordination and teamwork. He pleaded for a big effort to popularise Dogri music based on its versatility, sweetness and soothing character.
Capt. Lalit Sharma said that Music is a strong medium to popularise Dogri language. He said music has the potentiality to unite a person with the supreme soul if pursued with dedication and commitment like Tansen, Mira and Surdas and added to say that Art and Music unite the society and shed the venom from within us thereby going a long way in creating a prosperous, humane and vibrant society.
Karunesh Gupta said that this musical evening shall be long remembered as a class presentation.
Rohit Choudhary said that music can play an important role in eradicating various social evils if the message is conveyed in musical and melodious voices. Dr. Saubhagya Vardhan, Director NZCC said that his organisation is committed to conserve and propagate the local culture and languages to strengthen our unity in diversity.
Advocate Dogra Harish Kaila while thanking NZCC for its cooperation appealed to the government to include Dogri as a compulsory subject from primary to intermediate levels so that our new generations do not get detached from their mother tongue and remain connected with ground and the surrounding environment.
Yash Pal Yash, General Secretary, NDS extended a formal vote of thanks to the dignitaries and participants and NZCC as well for making the programme successful.